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Here's a question for you: My wife and I are both living in the USA, but are both Canadian, and she is an American citizen, and I am a permanent resident. This results in some very complicated tax situations.

I was just about to submit our taxed (filing jointly), when I thought what if I file separately? It dropped our taxes owed from $2000 to basically 0!

My question is are there any major implications to doing this? Can we switch back to filing jointly next year?

Thanks in advance!

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Here's a question for you: My wife and I are both living in the USA, but are both Canadian, and she is an American citizen, and I am a permanent resident. This results in some very complicated tax situations.

I was just about to submit our taxed (filing jointly), when I thought what if I file separately? It dropped our taxes owed from $2000 to basically 0!

My question is are there any major implications to doing this? Can we switch back to filing jointly next year?

Thanks in advance!

No complications at all. I filed MFS two years in a row, then switched to MFJ.

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1) Always tell the TRUTH. never lie to the POE officer

2) Be confident in ur replies

3) keep ur response short and to the point, don't tell ur life story!!

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I don't know why it's complicated unless you have RRSPs etc... You do not have to file a Canadian tax return if you are not a resident of Canada.

Both of you should check your W4s and make sure you're having Married 0 taken off on your taxes if you owe so much.

But yes you can file separately. However, just as a note, and the reason I suggest to fix your W4, is that the USCIS likes to see joint tax returns as well as joint bank accounts, credit cards, etc...


You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.  - Dr. Seuss

 

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When it comes time to do AOS or removal of conditions USCIS may wonder why you aren't filing jointly but you can also logically explain and there shouldnt be a problem.


Wiz(USC) and Udella(Cdn & USC!)

Naturalization

02/22/11 - Filed

02/28/11 - NOA

03/28/11 - FP

06/17/11 - status change - scheduled for interview

06/20?/11 - received physical interview letter

07/13/11 - Interview in Fairfax,VA - easiest 10 minutes of my life

07/19/11 - Oath ceremony in Fairfax, VA

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Removal of Conditions

12/1/09 - received at VSC

12/2/09 - NOA's for self and daughter

01/12/10 - Biometrics completed

03/15/10 - 10 Green Card Received - self and daughter

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